Salmonella typhi Linked to Mamey Fruit, Recall Underway

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It seems that problems with Salmonella have emerged in another food item, although this time the number of affected individuals is vastly fewer. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and two food companies have announced a recall of mamey fruit pulp because of an outbreak of Salmonella enterica typhi.

Salmonella Infections

The current egg recall involves Salmonella enteritidis, an extremely common strain of the bacteria. It accounts for about 20 percent of all salmonella infections. Salmonella typhi inhabits the lymphatic tissues of the liver, spleen, blood, and small intestine of infected humans. It is most common in developing countries that have poor sanitary systems and is rare in the United States.

People who are infected with Salmonella typhi often develop typhoid (also known as enteric fever), which is characterized by a sudden and sustained high fever, severe headache, nausea, and loss of appetite. Patients may also experience diarrhea or constipation, general malaise, an enlarged spleen, and possibly meningitis.

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Mamey Fruit Recall
The current recall involves frozen mamey fruit pulp sold under the La Nuestra brand by Montalvan’s Sales Inc. of Ontario, California, and under the Goya brand by Goya Foods Inc. of Secaucus, New Jersey. Thus far, at least nine people in California and Nevada have developed typhoid fever caused by Salmonella typhi after eating mamey fruit products. Both companies get their fruit from the same supplier in Guatemala.

Consumers who have either of these frozen mamey fruit pulp brands at home should throw them away immediately. Since mamey fruit pulp is used to make smoothies and drinks at juice stands, consumers should inquire about the brand of mamey products used at such businesses.

Both brands of mamey fruit pulp come in 14-ounce packages. All production lot codes of the Goya product are being recalled, and the UPC is 041331090803. All lots of the La Nuestra brand are also part of the recall, but packages produced before May 2009 do not have lot numbers. The UPC is 7-56869-10008-4.

The CDC has a website with information for consumers about Salmonella typhi. Goya Foods announced its voluntary recall of mamey fruit pulp on August 13, while Montalvan’s Sales made its announcement on August 20.

SOURCES:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Food and Drug Administration

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